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Ray Salter was born on March 10th, 1945 in London, England. His mother was a dancer, his father was a commercial artist and his grandfather was a physicist, artist and member of MENSA who met D.H. Lawrence and Vladimir Lenin. Salter originally studied Drama at Emerson College in Boston and was an actor throughout his twenties and thirties. During the Vietnam War Ray served as a photographer in the Armed Forces. He currently resides in Salem, Ma. Using the drawing talent inherited from his father, Salter entered the Butera School of Art in 1979. This was followed up with training at Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1982. His interest in portraiture, in part due to his work as a photographer, led him to apprentice under Warren Prosperi in Newton,MA. Salter’s influences have been Toulouse Lautrec, Edward Hopper and Mucha. He prefers to paint his portraits on paper or board isolating within the edges of the surface and stray paint smudges.

Salter has exhibited his work locally in libraries in Salem, MA, Lynn, MA, Cambridge, MA and at the Gateway Gallery in Brookline, MA. Recently a number of works of his were exhibited internationally in his birthplace of London, England at the Museum of Everything and images of the pieces were used in the exhibition’s catalogue.

Click here to view an interview with Salter. Read a review of Salter’s 2013 Solo Exhibition, Portraits featured in Design New England, here.

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